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Sat, 16 Mar 2013, 15:08 PM

Pro Modified Round 1 Eliminations
By Rick Green





GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Pro Modified at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 2995 Jimmy Keen                           2890 Eric Dillard                 
E1                   0.107  5.983 238.76     ****WINNER****  0.040  5.988 250.60
 Qualified:             #9  5.994 239.44                        #8  5.984 250.27
Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 34 percent, barometer 29.88 inches, adjusted altitude 1,669 feet, track temperature 105 degrees.

Dillard is out of the gate first and never trails for the hole shot win. Dillard continues to be undefeated in NHRA Pro Mod competition. Keen with his quickest pass of the weekend in the losing effort.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Troy Coughlin                        2377 Von Smith                    
E1                   0.047  6.036 232.55     ****WINNER****  0.113  5.967 244.69
 Qualified:            #10  6.006 238.85                        #7  5.953 237.55
Smith is 1 - 0 against Coughlin in prior events. coughlin with the starting line advantage and the lead until right in the lights when Smith is able to chase him down and take the win. Von Smith's MOV: 0.0036 seconds (approximately 15 inches).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  872 Adam Flamholc                          43 Rickie Smith                 
E1                  -0.002 16.572  76.44     ****WINNER****  0.106  5.988 240.77
 Qualified:            #11  6.024 242.84                        #6  5.945 243.02
Smith is 1 - 0 against Flamholc in prior events. Flamholc goes red and then is up in smoke as soon as he hit the throttle and made a quick move toward the centerline before he clicked it off. Smith with his slowest pass of the weekend, but still gets the easy win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  277 Raymond Matos                        2105 Doug Winters                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.217  7.343 224.58                     0.103  7.700 127.50
 Qualified:            #12  6.031 232.91                       #17  6.731 158.37
Winters is in as an alternate for Harold Martin. Winters with the starting line advantage and is driving away for the win as Matos shook. Then Winters engine went silent and Matos got back on the throttle and was able to chase Winters down on the top end.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  213 Chip King                              10 Kenny Lang                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.095  6.111 250.97                     0.198 No Time      
 Qualified:            #13  6.093 248.80                        #4  5.921 247.16
This is the first time King and Lang have faced each other in eliminations. King with the starting line advantage and then the easy win as Lang's car breaks right on the launch. King was real lose on the top end but gets the win. King will have lane choice over Winters in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  701 Clint Satterfield                       8 Pete Farber                  
E1                   0.080  6.174 239.14     ****WINNER****  0.065  5.946 246.08
 Qualified:            #14  6.123 238.98                        #3  5.886 247.84
This is the first time Satterfield and Farber have faced each other in eliminations. Farber with the starting line advantage and another great pass for the win. Farber will get lane choice over R. Smith in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 5011 Mike Knowles                            5 Danny Rowe                   
E1                   0.091  6.309 216.34     ****WINNER****  0.078  5.890 248.80
 Qualified:            #18  6.773 217.21                        #2  5.852 248.98
Rowe is 4 - 0 against Knowles in prior events. Knowles is in as an alternate for Juliano. Rowe with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Rowe with the quickest pass of eliminations for the win. Another good pass for Rowe... Danny Rowe's incremental times: 60ft-0.989 sec., 330ft-2.629, 660ft-3.910/195.34 mph, 1,000ft-4.986. Rowe will have lane choice over V. Smith in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1456 Mike Janis                              2 Mike Castellana              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.053  6.799 150.15                     0.083 10.199  82.51
 Qualified:            #16  6.550 224.92                        #1  5.844 246.89
Janis and Castellana have each won 1 times against the other in prior events. Janis with the starting line advantage and never trails as Castellana shook hard and clicked it off. Janis was on his way to a victory when the engine let go with a huge fireball...he still gets the win. Janis will give up lane choice to Dillard in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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